On Mathematical Modeling

Bas C van Fraassen Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective

p. 40 ‘Of course the story is apocryphal, that a professional gambler funded a mathematician to analyze horse-racing, and was thoroughly unhappy with the report that began “Let each horse be a perfect sphere, rolling along a Euclidean straight line …”. But is that so far from real examples of mathematical modeling?’

Discussion:

http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list/t/af0b23fed0feb0be

See also:

Simulation Hypothesis and Simulation Technology


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